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in syria. the plan was directed by david petraeus and backed by pentagon leaders and secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during a senate hearing on libya and republicans had some tough questions for panetta, who revealed he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead and explained why the pentagon didn't send any war planes. >> reporter: the reason planes were not launched the attack came in two waves in two different locations and after the first wave ended after about an hour and a half they all thought it was over plus he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> you can't just willy-nilly send f-16s there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >> reporter: under questioning by republicans secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff martin dempsey say they were aware in the months before attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about s
be in the pentagon. and that was different from this bill. and so-- >> the problem is it couldn't get out of committee, and couldn't get passed on the floor. we have one bipartisan solution. my argument is let's start with what we know, given all the threats. by the way if you want to see what else could happen on an individual company basis, iran attacked a saudi oil company the state-owned ahamaco, and did something fairly remarkable-- they destroyed 30,000 machinees, computeres manipulated data and made it so they couldn't reconstruct the data. if you apply that to businesses around the country, think of the economic chaos that that would cause. so what you saw with the banks -- this is interesting-- iranians doing a probing action trying to look for vulnerabilities, and what we know is now they have this other capability that's laying on the table. that's concerning. and so we've admired this problem long enough. it is time it take action and do something about it. >> schieffer: let me ask you this, is part of our defense, part of our defense be we have an offense, and in fact don't w
late april and september. >> reporter: robert hale the chief's pentagon budget officer says the furlough will save the government $4 billion to $5 billion, but president obama says the cuts should be made elsewhere. >> there's no reason they should be furloughed or laid off. >> president obama is trying to pin the blame for the last-minute budget crisis on congress and with both chambers on recess this week he has the stage here in washington all to himself. >> i'm hoping while they're back home, they're hearing it from their constituents so when they get back here, they're ready to do some work and we can avoid these automatic spending cuts. >> but congressmen back home may not be getting the earful the president's hoping for. while nearly half of the americans want to avoid it less than 40% want to let it happen and some of capitol hill agree with the 40%. >> not only should the sequester stand. many pundits say the sequester falls short. >> if the cuts kick in, that same poll shows more people would blame republicans in congress than the president.
say that means as many as 700,000 of the 800,000 civilians who work for the pentagon. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann fallenberg a single mom and administrative assistant at a naval school 3,000 miles away from washington in monterey california. >> i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: she is worryied about the 20% pay cut if she's furloughed or put on involuntary pay one day a week. >> can you reduce the rent for 20%? i can't say that. >> reporter: and it's not just cuts to the pentagon dozens of agencies including the fbi will also have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi would be in the position of having to evaluate where those reductions can come from, and that may impact in the national security arena. >> reporter: the president will continue in coming days to highlight the hardships to individuals and to the public at large if the cuts take place. democrats congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today.
. and the funding cuts gethit just one week from today. with the pentagon and other departments already in crisis mode, the white house oannounced thursday the president phoned mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner but deliberately avoided saying more. was it simply to restate his position or to reach out to them in the interests of compromise? >> the president spoke with senator mcconnell and the speaker. i have no content to read out to you of those conversations. >> reporter: the two republican leaders pointed out this was the first time the president has reached out to them on the topic of the automatic cuts in two months since the end of 2012. the sequester is set to kick in a week from today will mean $1.2 trillion in across the board cuts. thursday, mr. obama argued to friendly radio hosts that republicans are standing in his way for the wrong reasons. >> their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations and they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts and that's the thing that binds their party togethe
answers. controversyover the president's nominees to run the pentagon and the c.i.a. new reportes of computer hacking, and the threat of cyber attacks. we'll also hear from mike rogers. senator jack reed of the armed services committee. former democratic congresswoman jane harman, now with the woodrow wilson center. james lewis of the center for strategic and international studies. and our own justice department correspondent bob orr.
ballots. >>> "the washington post" reports the pentagon is extending certain benefits to same-sex spouses, it could include housing privileges access to base recreational facilities and joint duty assignments. they are not expected to include health benefits. >>> ryan braun claims he has nothing to hide linked to a miami clinic that allegedly trbted performance-enhancine-enhancing drugs. braun said he used the clinic for consult igss and there was a dispute over monday. >>> the requesting "san francisco chronicle"" says facebook fatigue is settling in. 38% are cutting back and 61% have taken a facebook vacation leaving the site for weeks or longer. >>> "usa today" says chimney sweeps in germany face new competition. many have added to their duties inspecting heating systems and checking for >>> a bit chilly around the bay area, norah, as we have mostly clear skies outside and the sun just coming up on our mount vaca cam looking good there. should be a beautiful day ahead as it looks like this will be the break before we start to see a chance of rain re
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